Mary, Queen of Scots was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of 16th century Europe. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations – Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies. Yet her life ended tragically. Join us to explore Mary’s life, beginning at her birthplace in Linlithgow, our hometown, and within easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow. We promise you’ll not lose your head.
Included in the tour:
- Full Day Escorted Tour
- By knowledgeable and entertaining guides
- Ready to share our local knowledge
- Beginning in Linlithgow (30 mins outside Glasgow and Edinburgh – how to get to Linlithgow.)
- Holyrood Palace*
- Edinburgh Castle*
- Royal Mile*
- Linlithgow Palace
- St’s Michael’s Parish Church
- Stirling Castle
- Loch Leven Castle
- Falkland Palace
*self-guided with free information pack
Follow in the footsteps of our namesake, Mary, Queen of Scots. Spend a day on a self – guided tour of Edinburgh, visiting Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, and enjoying the flavour of the Royal Mile. We will provide you with a free information pack to ensure you get the most from your day.
Then join us as we visit key sites associated with Mary, on a fully guided day tour. Begin at the beginning – Linlithgow Palace, where Mary was born in 1542. Imagine yourself meandering around this magnificent “pleasure palace” enjoying the sights and sounds of The Court.
We will also visit the beautiful medieval St Michael’s Parish Church (subject to restricted opening hours) where Mary was baptised and you will see the beautiful new bronze statue of Mary, overlooking Linlithgow Peel.
Then we move to Stirling Castle where Mary herself was brought to be crowned as an infant. This was her home until she was 5 yrs old. Visit the beautifully restored Royal Apartments, where you will usually be greeted by costumed guides. Hear tales of magnificent celebrations such as the baptism of her son, James VI, tinged with sadness, as this is also where she sees him for the last time.
Time for a short boat trip to recall one of the more sombre periods in Mary’s life. Loch Leven Castle where Mary was imprisoned for nearly a year, suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate in favour of her son James. She eventually escaped with the help of George Douglas but went on to suffer defeat at The Battle of Langside, and on to imprisonment in England.
Finally, we finish the day on a happier note at Falkland Palace, the favourite retreat of the Stewarts. Mary is thought to have enjoyed some of her happiest days here, enjoying hunting and hawking and playing tennis on the world’s oldest tennis court. On a more haunting note, it is here that her father James V was said to utter the prophecy of The Stewart Dynasty “It cam’ wi’ a lass and it’ll gang wi’ a lass” and you can also see a copy of her death mask.
Finish back in Linlithgow, where you can enjoy a drink or a meal in The Four Mary’s – historic pub, with parts dating back to the 16th century, and full of Mary, Queen of Scot’s memorabilia.
This is a private tour for up to 4 adults and costs £350. If you would like to arrange a Mary, Queen of Scots tour for five more people, please get in touch.
We also offer walking tours of Linlithgow.